Diagnostic Parameters for Comparing Modern Submarine Fans and Ancient Turbidite Systems

  • Neal E. Barnes
  • William R. Normark
Part of the Frontiers in Sedimentary Geology book series (SEDIMENTARY)


The comparison of modern and ancient submarine fans and related turbidite deposits has been hindered by the lack of common descriptive parameters and a failure to understand the effects of the extreme size range of the deposits. To address these problems, a summary of diagnostic parameters was prepared that includes: 1) morphometric maps that present a variety of physiographic characters and sediment parameters, 2) a table of key descriptive features that allows a quick comparison of the major physical parameters, and 3) fan outlines presented at the same scale (1:5 x 106) that make it possible to visually compare sizes of 21 major “submarine fans.”


Clay Petroleum Silt Miocene Subduction 


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    Normark, W. R., Mutti, E., and Bouma, A. H. (eds.), 1983/84. Submarine Clastic Systems: Deep Sea Fans and Related Turbidite Facies. Geo-marine Letters, v. 3, no. 2–4, 172 p.Google Scholar
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    St. John, B., Bally, A. W., and Klemme, H. D., 1984. Sedimentary Provinces of the World—Hydrocarbon Productive and Nonproductive. American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Map and text, 35 pp.Google Scholar

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  • Neal E. Barnes
  • William R. Normark

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